The Morning Update for Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, April 28, 2016:


’24: Legacy,’ Lee Daniels’ ‘Star’ Ordered to Series at Fox
Fox has handed out early series orders to two of its most high-profile pilots this season, both hailing from its sibling studio 20th Century Fox TV: 24: Legacy and Lee Daniels’ Star. Legacy, which now counts former 24 star Kiefer Sutherland as an executive producer, is picked up for 12 episodes, while Star has scored the traditional 13.

Amazon In Advanced Talks For ‘Strange New Things’; Kevin MacDonald Directing, Matt Charman Writing For Left Bank
Amazonis in advanced talks to come on-board Strange New Things, a event sci-fi TV series that Kevin MacDonaldis directing, Matt Charman is writing the pilot for and Left Bank Picturesis producing. The project is an adaptation of Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things. The story revolves around Peter Leigh, an English pastor who embarks on the journey of a lifetime into deep space that takes him light years away from his beloved wife, Bea. While the project’s scale is believed to be epic, described as ‘Heart of Darkness in space’, at its centre is a heart-wrenching love story between a husband and wife with the universe between them.

FX Options Don DeLillo Novel ‘Zero K’ For Scott Rudin Productions
Author Don DeLillo’s latest novel, Zero K, is to be published in the U.S. next month by Scribner. FXhas optioned the futuristic tome for Scott Rudin Productions as part of Rudin’s deal with Fox Network Group. Zero K follows billionaire Ross Lockhart whose younger wife, Artis Martineau, has a terminal illness. Lockhart is a significant investor in a secretive, remote compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until medical advances can restore individuals to improved lives. He hopes Artis can benefit from this pioneering science.

USA Network’s Jackie de Crinis Sets Overall Deal with Universal Cable Productions
Longtime USA Network exec Jackie de Crinis has set an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions and joined the upcoming USA drama “Eyewitness” as an exec producer. De Crinis’ shift from her role as exec VP of original programming follows the restructuring that NBCU Cable Entertainment unveiled in February.

‘The 10th Date’ Movie In Works At Lifetime From ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Producer
Lifetimeis prepping The 10th Date, a two-hour movie executive produced by The Devil Wears Prada producer Wendy Finerman. There is no green light for the project yet, but casting choices already are being discussed and the movie potentially could serve as backdoor pilot. Written by and to be directed by Nzingha Stewart, The 10th Date is a comedy that follows four friends who embark on an often hilarious journey to successfully get to that elusive 10th date — a holy grail in the dating world when they think a man finally feels committed.

(sched) AMC Sets Return Date for Final Season of ‘Hell on Wheels,’ New Series ‘The American West’
The network announced Wednesday that “Hell on Wheels” will ride off into the sunset after its final seven episodes, which kick off Saturday, June 11 at 9.

TVGuide: Why Hasn’t Criminal Minds Been Renewed Yet?
Discussions this year have apparently been a little more complicated. The reason? Old shows are expensive, hence all those "budget cuts"; but things go a tad smoother if a show is fully owned and produced by a network, so it can keep costs in-house and reap all the benefits.

Variety: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Telenovela,’ ‘The Muppets’: Which Bubble Shows Will Be Canceled?
John Ridley’s “American Crime” is probably dead, according to insiders who tell Variety that ABC gave Ridley a choice: continue “Crime” or get a series order for pilot “Presence.” He chose “Presence,” which the network is high on. Meanwhile, “The Muppets” is primed for a renewal, despite ratings that continued to sag after a midseason showrunner change.


Hairspray Live Adds Derek Hough, Martin Short to Its Growing Cast
NBC has announced that Derek Hough is joining its upcoming live production of Hairspray as TV host Corny Collins. Martin Short, meanwhile, will play Wilbur Turnblad.

‘The 100’ Casts ‘Allegiant’ Star in Mystery Role
“Allegiant” star Nadia Hilker has joined the cast of The CW’s “The 100” in a recurring capacity.

Carolina Guerra Joins ‘Animal Kingdom’; Kathryn Kates In ‘Feed The Beast’
Carolina Guerra has booked a recurring role on TNT’s upcoming drama series Animal Kingdom. Kathryn Kates is set as a recurring opposite David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess on AMC’s new drama series Feed the Beast.


Jamie Foxx in Talks to Star in Dark Puppet Comedy ‘Happytime Murders’
Jamie Foxx is in early talks to star in Happytime Murders, STX Entertainment’s dark, R-rated puppet project. Brian Henson is on board to direct what is being billed as an action comedy, which The Jim Henson Co. has been trying to put together since 2008. Happytime takes place in a world where humans and puppets coexist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet castmembers of 1980s children’s TV show The Happytime Gang begin turning up dead, an alcoholic, disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes the case with his former human partner.


Facebook cements status as a mobile juggernaut with $4.2 billion in ad revenue
Facebook reported on Wednesday that it made 82% of its advertising revenue in the last three months from ads shown on mobile devices — up from 73% in the same quarter last year. The social network has come to dominate the mobile ads space as other media companies and advertising platforms still grapple with how to serve effective ads on small screens. The company said Wednesday that it grew advertising revenue by 57% from the same quarter of last year to $5.2 billion.

Facebook Says It Gained 60 Million Users in the Last 3 Months
Facebook just keeps on growing. And growing. And growing. The social media giant added 60 million more users in the first three months of the year, according to its first-quarter earnings statement released Wednesday. That means it now has 1.65 billion monthly active users, a 15 percent increase over the first quarter of 2015.

(animated) BBC, Netflix to remake Watership DownGlobal streamer Netflix and British pubcaster the BBC will remake Watership Down, with John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Ben Kinglsey (Sexy Beast) attached to star.The four-part animated miniseries will be based on the Richard Adams classic novel set in southern England and about a group of strong-willed rabbits who are forced to flee in face of certain destruction of their warren.


Match Game Revival Ordered at ABC, With Alec Baldwin to Host
ABC has ordered a 10-episode revival of the 1960s/70s/80s game show, with 30 Rock grad Alec Baldwin set as host. The upcoming reboot will debut as part of a Sunday-night programming block that already includes Celebrity Family Feud (hosted by Steve Harvey) and The $100,000 Pyramid (to be hosted by Michael Strahan). Much like the original program, Baldwin will serve as emcee while contestants try to guess how a celebrity panel will answer comical fill-in-the-blank questions.

Guest Hosts Revealed For Live! When Strahan Leaves
Who will we see in Strahan’s seat? Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Josh Groban and Seth Meyers for starters, although there will likley be more. It’s unclear at this time how long the guest rotation will last before a permanent replacement is found, but the decision will likely be made by fall.

CBS Renews Entire Daytime Lineup: The Talk, Y&R, B&B and 2 Others
CBS on Wednesday announced renewals for all five of its daytime series: Let’s Make a Deal, The Price Is Right, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful — which actually received a two-year pickup — and The Talk.

Food Network travels with Buddy
Food Network
has ordered a culinary travel series that sees one of the stars of Cake Boss exploring US eateries in an RV. Buddy’s Family Vacation is from US prodcos Leftfield Pictures and Cakehouse Media and follows Buddy Valastro as he takes a road trip with his family to test out local cuisines.

Bravo Orders New Unscripted Shows From Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen
Bravo unveiled a slate of six new unscripted series Wednesday, including shows from Ryan Seacrest and Andy Cohen. In addition to its new series, Bravo has renewed “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Manzo’d with Children,” “Flipping Out,” and “Don’t Be Tardy,” “Married to Medicine Atlanta,” “Below Deck,” “Ladies of London,” “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and “Vanderpump Rules” to premiere later this year.

Among the new series is “Relative Success With Tabatha Coffey,” in which Coffey offers advice to small business owners; “Yours, Mine or Ours,” a real-estate show executive produced by Ryan Seacrest; “Then & Now With Andy Cohen,” a show looking back at moments in Generation X and Baby Boomer popular culture; “Summer House,” about a group of friends sharing a beach house; “Oklahoma City,” about a group of female fiends in oil country; And “The Lodge,” about the staff of a ski lodge.

Vice Names Madeleine Haeringer EP Of Nightly News Show On HBO
Madeleine Haeringerhas officially been named EP of Vice Media’s new HBOnightly news show.


Courteney Cox Comedy ‘Truthing’ In Development At ITV With UK’s Big Talk
Courteney Coxis teaming with UK producer Big Talkand leading commercial broadcaster ITVon a new comedy project, Truthing. While this is in the early stages, the plan would be for the Friends and Cougar Town alum to exec produce and star with a pilot to shoot in 2017. Mark Chappel is penning the series for Cox. Truthing (working title) is set in the Clear-Path Institute, a six-day healing retreat that promotes personal growth, transformational experience and inner well-being. It follows the valiant efforts of its charismatic American founder and leader as she struggles to enlighten a fresh intake of truth-seekers.


Relativity Names Adam Fields Co-President Of Production
Adam Fieldshas been named co-president of production, effective immediately. Fields, who most recently served as a producer and also a consultant at Sony Pictures, will have business affairs, physical and post-production all answering to him.

Fuse Media President Bill Hilary Exits
Less than seven months after music-focused Fuse was relaunched in an effort to lure a broader, diverse young crowd, the top exec behind the move is gone. Fuse Media president Bill Hilaryhas resigned and senior staff now are reporting to CEO Michael Schwimmer.


Comcast Agrees To Buy DreamWorks Animation For $3.8B
The studio will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development.

(gaming) Nintendo’s Next Game Console to Be Released in Early 2017
In its earnings report for the fiscal year that ended on Mar. 31, Nintendo casually announced it’ll be releasing its new video game console, known only by its code name “NX,” in March 2017 around the world.